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Chad Johnson is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s New York City office. Chad has more than 25 years’ experience handling complex securities cases and breach of fiduciary duty actions, which includes significant time as a plaintiffs’ lawyer, a securities-fraud prosecutor, and a defense lawyer.

Chad previously served as the head of New York’s securities fraud unit referred to as the Investor Protection Bureau. In that role, he prosecuted cases that resulted in billions of dollars of recoveries for New Yorkers and made new law in the area of securities enforcement for the benefit of investors. Among the cases that Chad handled in that role included prosecuting dark pool operators for making false statements to the investing public.

In the private sector, Chad represents institutional and other investors in securities and breach of fiduciary duty cases, including representing investors in direct or “opt-out” actions and also in class actions. Chad represents some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated asset managers, public pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds. Chad also represents whistleblowers in false claims act or “qui tam” actions. 

Chad’s cases have resulted in some of the largest recoveries for shareholders on record. This includes WorldCom (which recovered more than $6 billion for shareholders), Wachovia (which recovered $627 million for shareholders), Williams (which recovered $311 million for shareholders), and Washington Mutual (which recovered $208.5 million for shareholders). Chad also helped recover $16.65 billion from Bank of America and $13 billion from JP Morgan Chase on behalf of state and federal working groups focused on toxic residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) devised and sold by those banks.   

Chad has tried cases in federal and state courts, in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and before arbitration tribunals in the United States and abroad. He also advises clients about how best to enforce their rights as shareholders outside the United States.

Before joining Robbins Geller, Chad was a partner with Quinn Emanuel where he served as the chair of that firm’s Institutional Investor Litigation Practice. Earlier in his career, Chad was a partner with Latham & Watkins where he defended executives and companies in securities and breach of fiduciary duty cases.

Chad is originally from Michigan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

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Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude 

  • President of the Harvard Law School Forum

University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science 

  • High Distinction
  • Angell Scholar


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Second, Ninth and Tenth Circuits 
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


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